Opportunities

The NYC Department of Parks and Recreation is transforming what was once the world’s largest landfill into a sweeping 2,200-acre park in one of the most ambitious public works projects in the history of New York City. The Freshkills Park team oversees capital construction as well as public art, science and research on reclaimed land, education and recreational programming at the park.

Summer 2018 Internships

We are looking for talented and qualified interns with backgrounds in art, planning, design, ecology, or community advocacy to join our small staff in the park project’s lower Manhattan headquarters. All positions are part-time, will involve site visits and provide opportunities to collaboratively contribute to ongoing park planning and project implementation. We offer competent supervision, a supportive work environment, and interaction with staff from different disciplines. Graduate students preferred but qualified undergraduates are encouraged to apply.

Expected Duration: three month summer term, dates flexible | Hours: 21 hours per week (schedule by arrangement) | Salary: Unpaid; school credit depending on school requirement | Please send cover letter and resume to freshkillspark@parks.nyc.gov


Public Art Program Intern

The Public Art Program Internship is an opportunity to support foundational elements of the growing art program in order to integrate artists in park development over the next 25 years. The Public Art Program Intern will have a hands-on role in planning and implementation: organizing a working group, programming a new gallery space, assisting with production, and collaborating with partners.

Responsibilities:

  • Support art program development with original research on practitioners and topics spanning urban studies, art, architecture, design and ecology
  • Research and assemble materials on visual artists, dancers, writers, scholars, musicians, architects, curators, collectives, institutes, residency programs, advocates and educators
  • Attend site visits for art project and program development
  • Attend team meetings, arts working group meetings, interagency meetings and planning sessions
  • Pitch and develop stories for blog and social media posts
  • Assist with grants database maintenance, package projects for grant proposals, prospect research to identify new opportunities

Preferred Skills/Qualifications:

  • Interest in and knowledge of contemporary art, environmental art and social practice
  • Strong writing and communication skills; editorial experience
  • Diligent research capability and detail-oriented
  • Graphic design skills, proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite preferred
  • Knowledgeable and active on social media platforms
  • Familiarity and ease with A/V (particularly photography and film) and digital media preferred
  • Ability to work independently and execute delegated tasks as well as communicate progress in a collaborative team environment


Development and Fundraising Intern

The Development and Fundraising Internship offers an opportunity to understand the inner workings of Park programming and resource development to support exciting new initiatives including public art and scientific research at this unique site. In addition, interns will gain skills in messaging strategy, prospect research, grant writing, and funding databases.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with senior staff to cultivate new sources of program support including grants and sponsorship opportunities
  • Pitch and develop stories for blog and social media posts
  • Assist assembly of materials for planning meetings
  • Attend team meetings, interagency meetings and planning sessions
  • Assist with grants database maintenance, package projects for grant proposals, prospect research to identify new opportunities

Preferred Skills/Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of and interest in topics in art, natural sciences, environmental science, and/or waste & recycling
  • Ability to work independently and execute delegated tasks as well as communicate progress in a collaborative team environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, experience writing for web desirable
  • Diligent research capability and detail-oriented
  • Familiarity with grant writing and non-profit fundraising, community relations and communications strategy helpful
  • Graphic design skills, experience with Adobe Suite and web publishing desirable

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